Educating Prosecutors

Prosecutorial Guidelines

Two U.K. jurisdictions (England and Wales, and Scotland) are the only countries in the world to have produced prosecutorial guidelines.

Policy for prosecuting cases involving the intentional or reckless sexual transmission of infection

Explains the way the Crown Prosecution Service deals with cases involving the intentional or reckless sexual transmission of infection. Recognises the importance of, and the need for, consistent decision-making, as well as the potential tension between public health and criminal justice considerations.

Guidance for Crown Prosecutors: Intentional or Reckless Sexual Transmission of Infection

This internal guidance from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for England & Wales sets out how prosecutors should deal with cases where there is an allegation that the suspect/defendant has passed an infection to the complainant during the course of consensual sexual activity.   It should be read in conjuction with the external CPS Policy for prosecuting cases involving the intentional or reckless sexual transmission of infection.

Prosecution Policy on the Sexual Transmission of Infection: Intentional or Reckless Sexual Transmission of, or Exposure to, Infection

Sets out how prosecutors should deal with cases involving an allegation of intentional or reckless sexual transmission of, or exposure to, infection which has serious, potentially life threatening consequences for the person infected.